The reawake of ISO Rivolta

After the end of World War II, the demand for mobility increased and small businesses established in a growing market. Renzo Rivolta, after purchasing Bolzaneto-based Isothermos (dedicated to the production of electric heaters and chillers), found its way by setting up ISO in 1938, which launched scooters, motorbikes and small cars, like the glorious Isetta.

Despite being a tiny 2 cylinder car, the Isetta raced at Mille Miglia and won its class in 1953, 1955. In the same year it was produced under license by BMW, that was having hard times after World War II: from 1955 to 1962, the German brand sold 160.000 Isettas and this laid the foundations for the Brand’s relaunch. After that, Renzo Rivolta aimed to enter the GT car market and, in the 60s, left behind the production of small cars: he turned the brand name into ISO Rivolta and unveiled the marque’s first GT car – the ISO 300 GT.

In 1963, ISO Rivolta first showed their most famous car: developed upon shortened GT’s monocoque, the A3/C had front-mid engine and was tested in wind tunnel, like a few other cars of the time. These technical solutions proved to be on point, because A3/C won twice its class at 24 Hours of Le Mans – in 1964 and 1965.

The A3/C body proportions, with long bonnet, curved windshield and double wave side design, influenced the car marking ISO Rivolta’s return: the GTZ, featuring carbon fiber body shaped by Atelier Zagato. Its powerful V8 engine, like all ISO Rivoltas, has American roots and develops 650 hp, making the car quick and fast like a true supercar. Hand built in 19 units, is meant to become an instant classic, like all Zagato-bodied car.

ISO Rivolta GTZ, enhanced tech and new trim options

ISO Rivolta GTZ is based on the Corvette C7 Z06 technical platform, with its mighty supercharged V8 6.2 engine delivering 660 hp. The carbon fiber body, ispired by 1963 ISO A3/C’s, has been designed by Atelier Zagato, that has also reshaped, customized several other parts to make the car embodies the perfect combination of design and performance, much like the A3/C.

Compared to the Corvette, ISO Rivolta GTZ features:

- New carbon fiber body consisting of two main parts: the front shell, including bonnet and fenders; and the center/rear shell, including A pillars, roof and rear fenders;

- New greenhouse (pillars, roof, windshield, glasses, door glass, rear window);

- A pillars moved further back, to make the roof looks sleaker;

- Brand new roll-cage;

- New homologated lights;

- New 20” inches forged wheel;

- New muffler with custom design;

- New side handle hidden into B pillar;

- New rear handle integrated into rear bumper;

- Custom leather dashboard;

- Custom central tunnel, available with milled aluminium or leather finish;

- Interior finish in milled anodized aluminium offered in different colours;

- Hand made logos.

Since the donor car enters Atelier Zagato, it takes approximately 6 months to get the ISO Rivolta GTZ delivered, for a total of 2.500 man/hour of work.